A chieftain of New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP) in Ogun State, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo has advised President Bola Ahmed Tinunu to use the money generated from the removal of subsidy to construct roads and other infrastructures.
Oguntoyinbo made this disclosure on Sunday.
President Tinubu has announced removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country.
Our correspondent gathered that the federal government has also announced that it has saved billions of naira as a result of the removal of the subsidy.
The federal government announced that it had saved N400b in the last four weeks.
The NNPP gubernatorial candidate in the last general election in Ogun state has however enjoined Tinubu to use the money saved from the removal of subsidy to construct more roads and built other infrastructures across the country.
Oguntoyinbo in a statement made available to our correspondent on Sunday, urged Tinubu to channel money that should have gone into fuel subsidy payments to improving citizens’ welfare.
This he said, is the only way to justify the removal in the first place.
Oguntoyinbo while commending Tinubu for the courage in removing the subsidy, said it should not stop there.
He added that Tinubu should go ahead in ensuring that other areas of pain for the masses of the country were addressed.
He added that the money saved should be used to provide more social amenities like good roads, electricity and pipe-borne water to the citizens.
“Let all these increment be channelled to citizenship benefits, private public housing mortgage project for benefit of downtrodden, provision of qualitative education, improved health facilities and other infrastructure development.
“While I commended President Tinubu for the bold step in removing subsidy payments, he should do more than that, by ensuring that the larger Nigerian society feel the impact of the removal.
“He should pilot the saved money to other areas of need so that the masses of the country could feel the impact of governance. Such areas include light, roads, light and general cost of living.
“While the citizens go through all these pains, there is the need to cushion the effects of hardship through provision of palliatives”.